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Shaquille O'Neal swears on live TNT broadcast

Posted on: January 13, 2012 12:54 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2012 3:15 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver shaq-barkley

Rookie move.

Shaquille O'Neal spent 19 years in the NBA as arguably the most dominant center of all-time, but he's in his first year as a basketball commentator for TNT and he's off to a sloppy start.

During Thursday night's telecast if Inside The NBA, O'Neal accidentally said the word "s***" with his microphone still live as the crew went to a commercial break. O'Neal was on the set with host Ernie Johnson and fellow commentators Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley.

"You know who I blame for that s***, I blame..." Shaq began, before Smith cut in with an "Oh!" and the segue way to commercials could actually take place. O'Neal was not visible when he uttered the profanity, with the outro graphics already rolling.

Here's video of O'Neal's slip-up via USA Today.

Yahoo Sports notes that the TNT panel tried to make amends for O'Neal's profanity by making light of it later in the broadcast.
The good news is that TNT characteristically managed to have a little fun with the moment. At halftime of the Grizzlies/Knicks game that kicked off the doubleheader, Shaq stuffed a bar of soap in his mouth to wash out all the bad words. 
O'Neal's commentating work was recently the subject of some mocking by Barkley, who hosted Saturday Night Live last weekend and imitated his low-energy, marble-mouthed delivery. Barkley was also caught on a live microphone during a recent TNT broadcast referring to his endorsement of Weight Watchers as a "scam."

O'Neal announced in June that he was retiring from the NBA. By July, he had signed with Turner to join the popular TNT broadcast.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2012 6:15 pm

Shaquille O'Neal swears on live TNT broadcast

@NoMoreShaq Really?? If you think the show is so bad then tell me why they've won Emmy's for the show before? Just because you don't like the show doesn't mean it's not good. I enjoy the show not only because of the comedy, but I actually like listening to what they have to say. Outside of certain coaches, Kenny and Charles (Charles especially) are probably two of the most knowledgable people there is when it comes to the game of basketball. And not just cause they played either. They understand the game and they understand talent better than just about anybody. I've always said if Barkley was ever any good at problem solving he'd make a hell of a coach.

Since: Jan 24, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 2:40 pm

Shaquille O'Neal swears on live TNT broadcast

its Shaq... he's human .... met him in person a couple times ... once in Cleveland @ a chicken spot on eastside on Euclid ave...

He had the Deisal truck out and was saying hi to everbody he's a cool dude

Since: Jan 28, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 10:37 am

Shaquille O'Neal swears on live TNT broadcast

TNT needs to review there decision to have this team be the mouthpice for "Inside the NBA". If I want to hear a group of idiots laughing and joking about nonsense, I'll head down to my local bar, near closing. Do they all have marbles in their mouths? How about having intelligent commentators who know what the audience wants to hear, as opposed to three clowns trying to one up each other, while the lone professional treis to interject something about the games of the day.

Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: January 13, 2012 5:47 pm

Shaquille O'Neal swears on live TNT broadcast

Shaq is a reasonably well spoken guy. Sure he's likely not the greatest choice they could have made based purely on "clarity of speech", but as if people tuning in don't appreciate Shaq. I know he's entertained me on many levels over the years, and whether he's still learning or not, I've enjoyed having him as part of the team. 

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2012 1:35 pm

Shaquille O'Neal swears on live TNT broadcast

Shaq is terrible. He does sound like he has a mouth full of something. Seriously Turner obviously does not hire the broadcasters based on the true commentary but more on the comic. The guy sounds like he is straight out of the ghetto. He probably has more $$ than most but he always sinks to the lowest of levels. He is constantly jealous of others (see K. Bryant) and always puts that size 100 foot in his mouth. Guys like him should just ride off into the sunset and spend all his $$$ and not be heard from, let alone jabber jaw on national TV.

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